By Travis Duncan
The Chargers very likely could be looking for an outside pass rusher with their first-round pick in April's NFL draft-depending who's available at the 19th pick.
Norv Turner said at the scouting combine, (via the Union Tribune) "I’m not giving away any secrets. It doesn’t mean you have to take one with the first pick. When we were at our best we had people coming off the edge you had to prepare for and handle."
A name you'll see tied to the Chargers is Illinois defensive end Whitney Mercilus who ran a 4.68 40 at the combine with a 36-inch vertical leap.
Two other pass rushers, Melvin Ingram of South Carolina and Nick Perry of Southern Cal are also candidates for the Chargers first-round pick.
Mel Kiper of ESPN has the Chargers selecting Michael Floyd, wide receiver Notre Dame.
Todd McShay of ESPN projects the Chargers selecting Jonathan Martin OT, Stanford.
Rob Rang of CBSSports has the Chargers taking Melvin Ingram, OLB, South Carolina
Dane Brugler of CBSSports has the Chargers taking Nick Perry, DE, Southern California
WalterFootball.com points out that Alabama strong safety Mark Baron could be a target as well.
Bill Williamson of ESPN has the Chargers selecting offensive guard David DeCastro, Stanford.
-Chargers offensive guard Kris Dielman will announce his retirement Thursday, ESPN and others have reported. Dielman missed the final 10 games of the 2011 season after suffering the concussion against the Jets.
Dielman is just 31-years old and his retirement, writes Bill Wiliamson of ESPN, points to a larger issue the NFL is facing concerning concussions.
-Reportedly the Washington Redskins will attempt to sign free agent wide receiver Vincent Jackson. The Washington Post reports, "Several people in the sport said a leading target for the Redskins could be San Diego Chargers wide receiver Vincent Jackson. The issue with Jackson, as with some of the other top receivers with expiring contracts, is whether he will remain available after Monday’s deadline for teams to use their franchise-player tags. The Chargers, according to one source, have not ruled out using their franchise-player designation on Jackson but seem to be leaning against doing so."
-The Chargers will reportedly cut defensive end Luis Castillo and save $1 million which he was due to make as a roster bonus. It's possible the Chargers could re-sign the 28-year old.
-Left tackle Marcus McNeill will be released, perhaps as soon as the end of this week, reports the San Diego Union Tribune.
Check out this video from the Chargers vs Raiders Sept. 10 1978, known as the "Holy Roller" game. Raiders quarterback Kenny Stabler fumbles the ball on purpose allowing Raiders tight end Dave Casper to fall on the ball in the end zone for the game winning TD. The NFL rules changed after that season.
Photo Credit: San Diego Chargers guard Kris Dielman (68) blocks against the Miami Dolphins in the Dolphins' 17-10 victory at Dolphin Stadium, Miami, Florida. ICON Sports Media